Bob Dylan was a bigger influence than Beatles or Elvis
– Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson talks about his many song writing influences. Among them are John Prine, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Mick Newbury (and more). Kristofferson is a great story teller and has incredibly good taste.
He also talks about Dylan’s impact on popular music in general.
Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose,
And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free,
Feelin’ good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues,
And buddy, that was good enough for me,
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.
For us this album contains ultimate versions of many of Kris’s best songs. Not many music writers seems to agree… too bad, because if you really listen to this album you will get it. This is the way these songs are supposed to sound, stripped down and sung with all of his big heart & soul.
Well, I woke up Sunday morning
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad
So I had one more for dessert
Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes
And found my cleanest dirty shirt
Then I washed my face and combed my hair
And stumbled down the stairs to meet the day
This country classic is written by Kris Kristofferson and was popularized in 1969 by Ray Stevens before becoming a number one hit for Johnny Cash.
June 22: Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson (born 1936 – age 81) – His 10 best songs
One of my fav artists, and he’s written many great songs.
This is a list (+ videos), not a bio… so here goes:
(preferred album version included)
Sunday Morning Coming Down – The Austin Sessions (1999)
Me and Bobby McGee – Kristofferson (1970)
Why Me – The The Austin Sessions (1999)
Help Me Make It Through the Night – Kristofferson (1970)
For the Good Times – The The Austin Sessions (1999)
Here Comes That Rainbow Again – The Essential Kris Kristofferson (2004)
The Silver Tongued Devil and I – The Silver Tongued Devil and I (1971)
To Beat the Devil – The Austin Sessions (1999)
Nobody Wins – The Austin Sessions (1999)
The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 – The Silver Tongued Devil and I (1971)
Yes! I LOVE “The Austin Sessions” album…
There are many great video clips on youtube, and I’ve tried to compile the best versions (live versions are as always preferred):
Sunday Morning Coming Down
Well I woke up Sunday morning,
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,
So I had one more for dessert.
Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes,
And found my cleanest dirty shirt.
An’ I shaved my face and combed my hair,
An’ stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.